Fort Bend Independent School District has earned national renown as a family-friendly choice school district. Boasting 81 campuses encompassing 11 high schools, 15 middle schools and 51 elementary campuses to meet students’ academic and vocational interests, Fort Bend ISD boasts one of the nation’s best educational systems.
Students attending all FBISD high schools have access to advanced CTE programming at James Reese Career and Technical Center. This program is tailored to prepare them for postsecondary education or careers such as engineering, culinary arts, healthcare or law enforcement.
Career and Technical Education
CTE provides all students with challenging career pathways incorporating real world practices and developing real skillsets, attitudes, and beliefs. Programs of study range from architecture and agriculture, culinary arts to business and industry health science information technology and more – many programs offering industry certifications or dual credit.
CTE students also have the chance to join student organizations, such as DECA (which promotes entrepreneurialism in high school and college students); Future Business Leaders of America, an organization for those preparing to enter marketing, finance and hospitality careers; Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA), an organization designed to prepare those entering healthcare fields; and SkillsUSA which promotes careers in technical, skilled and service occupations.
Reese Center at Fort Bend ISD’s James Reese Career and Technical Education Center provides advanced CTE programming to all eleven FBISD high schools. Accessing it via district transportation, students attend classes at Reese Center for part of their day before returning home where they remain actively participating as students of their home schools during other portions of their day.
Whole Child Health Initiative
Students spend about eight hours of each school day at school, which makes it the ideal environment to teach and model healthy behaviors. Therefore, the district provides various programs designed to invigorate and equip its students for future endeavors beyond what they could imagine.
These programs align with the Profile of a Graduate and aim to meet all students’ social, emotional, behavioral, and physical needs. Many students benefit from mental health support provided on all campuses by Skyward FBISD counselors trained both in English and Spanish.
As part of their initiative, the district provides eight mental health clinics at Hightower, Marshall and Willowridge feeder patterns staffed by Vida Clinic staff – similar to Austin ISD clinics – so parents and students with insurance or Medicaid coverage can receive therapeutic services free of charge. Furthermore, Sugar Land Counseling Center has joined forces with the district to offer fee-based counseling at select campuses.
FBISD offers summer learning programs to students throughout June and July, including teaching, aide, pool-related leadership positions (e.g. fine arts instruction) as well as counseling positions. Pool candidates may apply through our application tracking system called TALEO.
James Reese Career and Technical Center provides advanced CTE programming to all district students. Students may select various pathways that enable them to earn college credit or industry certifications.
FBISD and Caissa Public Strategy have joined forces to conduct student recruitment efforts on its behalf. This partnership includes targeted direct phone calls and grassroots canvassing field teams across the district that will seek out students who have left our schools for charter school alternatives. In addition, Project Saving Smiles will provide dental cleanings and sealants to kindergarten students across FBISD; principals will receive additional details in March regarding this program.
Extended Day Program
Friends’ Central Lower School’s Extended Day Program provides a safe and structured environment for those arriving early or staying after the end of school day. Students receive academic assistance as well as enrichment opportunities via peer-to-peer interaction; snack and free play services are also provided to keep everyone satisfied!
This program is open to children of district staff, first responders and essential workers as well as active military members and offers not just child care services but rather an educational supervised learning program with curriculum and tutoring services.
Extended Day is unavailable during our transition to online learning; therefore, parents are strongly encouraged to have their children signed out with an adult familiar with them who is also capable of providing an ID picture of them. FBISD Child Nutrition also offers Grab and Go meals free of charge to Extended Day participants – please click here for more details and changes requests can incur a $25 per request fee.